Great spotted cuckoo

Great spotted cuckoo

Seen from early to mid-February in the Languedoc, Great spotted cuckoos are amongst the first migrating birds to arrive back in the Languedoc from Africa. The Great spotted cuckoo is slightly larger than the common Cuckoo, but looks much larger with its broad wings and long narrow tail. Dark...

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Bonelli’s eagle

Bonelli’s eagle

The Bonelli's eagle is a top predator from the Languedoc. This eagle doesn't migrate, but the young birds move around before settling to breed.   It's a medium size eagle with a wingspan of about 165 cm. The Bonelli's eagle can be identified by their rather short but broad and rounded wings...

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European Bee-eater

European Bee-eater

Although the European Bee-eater is an incredibly colourful bird you will often hear them before you see them, despite their exotic appearance! Their call is a welcome sign that summer is well on its way in the Languedoc. In early April Bee-eaters arrive from Africa to breed in Southern...

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European Roller

European Roller

The European roller is a summer visitor to the Languedoc. In early April the first Rollers arrive from East and South west Africa. Slightly smaller than the Eurasian jay, this stocky bird is mainly a bright turquoise blue with indigo leading wing edge and rump, an orange-brown back, large head and...

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